Google celebrates 79th birth anniversary of iconic Egyptian actress Soad Hosny

Ahram Online , Wednesday 26 Jan 2022

Google is celebrating late Egyptian actress Soad Hosny with a doodle visible across the Middle East and North Africa.

Soad Hosny

The iconic actress was born on 26 January 1943 to an artistic family and died on 21 June 2001.

Her career kicked off through the radio programme led by 'Baba Sharo', renowned radio figure Mohamed Mahmoud Shaaban, who shed light on child talents of the time.

Her career kicked off at age 17 in the 1959 Arabic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet Hassan and Naima.

She was a natural as an adolescent in Rumour of Love (1960), a familiar sister in The Girls and the Summer (1960), both directed by Fateen Abdel-Wahab, an ordinary wife in Money and Women (1960) by Hassan Al-Imam, but also a deviant girl in Cairo 30 (1966), and a killer in A Little Bit of Torment (1969), both by Salah Abu-Seif. She was also extremely gifted in portraying totally different roles convincingly; for instance, she was not entirely innocent in The Three Naughty Boys (1962), directed by Hossam Eddine Mostafa, nor wholly guilty in The Well of Deprivation (1969) by Kamal El-Sheikh, while treading a line in-between in The Olive Branch (1962) by El-Sayed Bedeir.

She continued to take main roles in numerous iconic films such as The Lost Love (1970) adapted from a novel by Taha Hussein and directed by Henry Barakat, Sunset Sunrise (1970) adapted from a novel by Gamal Hammad and directed by Kamal El-Sheikh, and The Choice (1971) adapted from a story by Naguib Mahfouz and directed by Youssef Chahine.

The 1980s were marked by films such as The Suspect (1981), directed by Samir Seif, and Love in a Prison Cell (1983) by Mohamed Fadel. She ventured once into acting in a TV series, He and She (1985), which maintained her popularity for some time.

The failure of The Third Class (1988), directed by Sherif Arafa, was so humiliating that she stopped acting for three years, returning only once, in The Shepherd and the Women (1991) by Ali Badrakhan.

As the Google description says, "Hosny helped redefine 1960s popular culture in Egypt by juxtaposing refined glamor and rebellious independence. Hosny's work is said to have been intertwined with many social and political moments in modern Middle Eastern history and has long been recognized for making specific efforts to address gender equality. Her acting, singing, and dancing transcended genre barriers as she delivered nuanced performances in roles ranging from ingenue to bold revolutionary in some of Egypt’s most iconic films over more than three decades."

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